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Disc Replacement Specialist

Subach Spinal Solutions

Spine Surgeons & Back Pain Doctor located in Arlington, VA

If you have experienced chronic back pain for longer than three months, you may be eligible for a disc replacement. Disc replacement is a cutting-edge procedure aimed at eliminating chronic pain caused by your disc.. Brian Subach, MD, FACS, Diana DeWolfe, PA-C, MPAS, and the team at Subach Spinal Solutions in Arlington, Virginia, perform disc replacement procedures to resolve your neck and arm symptoms while minimizing the risk to adjacent discs. To receive an initial consultation, call our use the online booking tool today.

Disc Replacement Q & A

What is disc replacement?

There are two primary surgical procedures used to correct a herniated disc or address disc degeneration: disc replacement and fusion therapy.

Spinal fusion is a surgical procedure that permanently connects two or more vertebrae. Alternatively, a disc replacement procedure replaces your affected disc with an artificial joint composed of metal or plastic. 

Is disc replacement for me?

There are several nonsurgical treatment options for neck pain to try beforehand, including:

  • Physical therapy
  • Medication
  • Chiropractic care
  • Diet
  • Lifestyle modification
  • Meditation and mindfulness
  • Injection based treatments
  • Heat or ice
  • Therapeutic massage
  • Exercise 
  • Alternative medicine 

However, these treatments do not always minimize or eliminate your neck pain successfully. If you continue to experience pain for longer than three months, visit Subach Spinal Solutions for an examination. 

If you live with degenerative disc disease, then disc replacement is proven to be a beneficial procedure. Degenerative disc disease refers to a structural abnormality within the disc itself. Symptoms of the condition can include chronic neck pain, arm pain, numbness and/or weakness.

What are the benefits of disc replacement?

Disc replacement can alleviate your neck and arm pain, numbness and weakness as well as improve mobility.

What are the risks of disc replacement?

Disc replacement carries the same risk as any surgery in regards to anesthesia and possible infection. It’s also important to note that a disc replacement does not last forever. Similar to a hip or knee replacement, a disc has a specific lifespan and will need to be replaced. 

What is the recovery like after disc replacement?

Disc replacement is a minimally invasive procedure. You will be up and walking the day of your surgery. Although the recovery period is shorter than more invasive procedures, it’s important to follow the recovery instructions given by your specialist at Subach Spinal Solutions.

The team will educate you regarding how to minimize the risk of infection at the surgical site and exercises to help you regain your ability to perform daily tasks.

To receive an initial disc replacement consultation at Subach Spinal Solutions, call or use the online booking tool today.